|Images from Rubbermoon Stamps, designed by Dave Brethauer, Jane Cather and Marylinn Kelly.|
For the hands-on work, they played with layering soft-lead color pencil, my favorite medium, color over color, color smudged with fingers or a paper towel, erased color. Becoming comfortable with any medium involves practice, i.e. play. Developing authentic self-expression in any form is a process. With the luxury of time, my process took the form of stamping then sitting and coloring with pencils every day. For hours. I experimented with shading and erasing, retaining or discarding. A word or two about shading: it doesn't have to look natural, these aren't photographs. Shading - with any color, in any areas of the image - adds dimension, texture and interest. I described the process as being less like trial-and-error and more like discovery. And my confession is that I have never worked with a color wheel, not that I discourage anyone from doing so. It was just not my path. The colors seem to tell me what would work with what. Sometimes it happened, sometimes not.
|Stamp images from Stampington and Co., designed by Marylinn Kelly.|
|Three panels of Rubbermoon stamps, copyright Marylinn Kelly.|
You can find the Stampington collection here (watch for the color) and continuing on the next catalog page.
Rubbermoon's website, with images listed by artist, has the unmounted sheets shown, plus three others and individual images here. Just a year ago, Rubbermoon was purchased from the Valoff family which started it 20 years ago. The new owner, Kristen Powers, has produced a 110-page feast of a catalog with images going back to the days when the company began.
**For those of you relatively new to rubber stamping, a catalog that offers art going back 20 years, into what certainly seemed like the golden age of stamping, is a rare thing. There may still be a few manufacturers remaining that were in business then. I don't know how much of their classic art is available. Kristen's true labor of love shows designs from the company's original two artists, Jane Cather and Joanna Taylor. Work by all the designers who have been part of the Rubbermoon family are shown, including the newest work by Kristen. The catalog, a keepsake which includes pages for journaling, stamping, coloring and more is available through the etsy site.**
If you are on FB, you can find Rubbermoon there and see that Kristen has put out the call for members of a new creative team. Check the site for details.
If you have any questions - about the stamps, about coloring - you may leave me a comment on the blog or email me at the address given in my profile. For a comment, check back here for the reply. Here are a few more images which I hope will encourage you to make friends, if you aren't already, with color. xo
|Top two illustrations Marylinn Kelly stamps for Rubbermoon. Lower illustration, bird by Kristen Powers, cat quartet and rose, Marylinn Kelly for Rubbermoon, Santa hats drawn on.|